Myanmar organises overland rally

May 30, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 30 May 2017: For the fourth year running, Myanmar will host its Myanmar Heritage Trail Tourism Rally, 3 to 7 June.

The car rally is an opportunity to take a road trip through some of the lesser-known places in Myanmar.

This year’s edition takes drivers south to open up an area of the country that will one day be home to Southeast Asia’s top beach resorts as tourism develops. Read more

Yangon Trust guards heritage

May 29, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 29 May 2017: Yangon Heritage Trust claims Yangon has nearly 6,000 heritage buildings across the city that require checking and registering to ensure the city’s heritage is preserved.

Irrawaddy media reported so far the YHT has logged nearly 6,000 heritage buildings—some dating back to the British colonial era.

YHT’s director and vice chairperson, Daw Moe Moe Lwin, was quoted saying the number will soon be higher as the survey is expanding to other townships in Yangon that have old buildings. Read more

History lives on in Yangon

May 26, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 26 May 2017: Yangon Heritage Trust has recognised the Yangon Stock Exchange building as the latest historic landmark to receive a Blue Plaque.

According to YHT, the Blue Plaque installed at the Yangon Stock Exchange was the trust’s 18th plaque.

YHT awards Blue Plaques to distinguish Yangon’s top architectural landmarks. Blue Plaques are permanent signs installed on public places to commemorate a link between locations and a famous person, event, or landmark. They serve as historical markers. Read more

Myanmar to beef up heritage law

May 19, 2017 by  
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BAGAN, 19 May 2017: Myanmar’s government will amend the 1998 Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Regions Law to empower authorities and keep up with the current tourism situation.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported the 1998 cultural heritage law would be amended before Bagan files for World Heritage list status.

Religious Affairs and Culture Minister, Thura U Aung Ko, was quoted saying the government will amend the law as it out of date considering the present tourism situation. Read more

Cover up to enjoy Vietnam’s heritage

May 9, 2017 by  
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HANOI, 9 May 2017: Hanoi Relic Site Management Board says visitors will be banned from entering heritage sites if they dress inappropriately.

Local media quoted the board head, Nguyen Thi Hoa, saying visitors who wear unsuitable, or scanty revealing clothes, will be refused entry at temples and heritage attractions.

“The move was in response to Hanoi People’s Committee supposedly voluntary code on public behaviour.” Read more

Cover up call at ancient towers

April 7, 2017 by  
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KHANH HOA, 7 April 2017: One of Vietnam’s heritage sites, Ponagar Cham Towers, has introduced a regulation to ensure foreign tourists cover up when they visit the site.

Tourists dressed in shorts and sleeveless shirts are being issued with overcoats.

Tuoi Tre News reported tourists dressed in shorts and or sleeveless shirts are now being redirected to a counter where officials dispense lightweight overcoats. Read more

Bagan map in pipeline

March 24, 2017 by  
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BAGAN, 24 March 2017: Bagan Tourism Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are working on a new tourist map of Bagan.

Myanmar Times media quoted Bagan Tourism Development assistant project manager, Daw Yu Yu Lin, saying the map would make it easier for visitors to explore the heritage destinations.

“The guide map will also highlight some not-so-well-known pagodas where visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery and history of Bagan.” Read more

STB office has colourful history

March 22, 2017 by  
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KOTA KINABALU, 22 March 2017: Last week, Sabah Tourism Board’s office building passed its 99th anniversary and is now counting down to centennial celebrations set for 16 March 2018.

The gazetted building is probably the oldest tourism board building in ASEAN and in its own right an important heritage attraction that draws photographers and tourists on city tours.

It is viewed as an icon representing the state’s efforts to preserve and restore historical buildings to bring heritage to the forefront of tourism promotions. Read more

Buri Ram Festival

March 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Thailand

BURI RAM, 21 March 2017: Phanom Rung Historical Park Festival 2017 will be held 31 March to 2 April, an event that attracts hundreds of visitors to witness a spectacular sunrise that shines though entrances positioned  east-to-west in the sanctuary.

The ancient Khmer temple was constructed so that at a single time of the year the early morning sun shines perfectly through all of the 15 entrances.

According to Tourism Authority of Thailand, the annual festival offers the chance for visitors to see the rare phenomenon which occurs just once a year. Read more

Yangon plans more Blue Plaques

March 9, 2017 by  
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YANGON, 9 March 2017: Yangon Heritage Trust will place 15 more Blue Plagues to identify more of the city’s historic landmarks this year.

Global New Light of Myanmar quoted YHT’s director, Daw Moe Moe Lwin, saying 15 more commemorative Blue Plaques are currently under consideration and likely to  be presented before the end of the year.

YHT awards Blue Plaques to distinguish Yangon’s top architectural landmarks. Blue Plaques are permanent signs installed on public places to commemorate a link between locations and a famous person, event, or landmark. They serve as historical markers. Read more

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